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Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette


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Learn to observe, sketch, and paint nature from an award-winning outdoor artist and art teacher. Explains how to “see” color depending on time of day, season, atmosphere, and more. More than 170 illustrations, featuring iconic national parks.

Colors of the West explores wild places through the lens of watercolor “en plein air” painting, a French term meaning “in the open air.” Steeped in the natural world, award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto has sketched in the outdoors and worked as a plein air artist for more than 20 years. In that time she has filled more than 40 sketchbooks with landscapes, vignettes, studies of flora and fauna, and natural history notes – created while visiting some of the West’s most stunning landscapes.

Molly Hashimoto’s paintings have been exhibited at a variety of galleries throughout the Northwest and at the Whatcom Museum of Art in Bellingham, Washington. Her work has a long association with outdoor and conservation organizations, and teaching has become an important part of her artistic journey. She has taught at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast, the North Cascades Institute in North Cascades National Park, and the Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park, among others. Hardcover, 192 pages.